With the final Australian Olympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games now announced, the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) is proud to confirm 24 of its supported athletes will be wearing the Olympic green and gold in ten days time.
The NSWIS representatives will make up 55% of the 44-strong team selected to represent Australia at the Beijing Games from 4 to 22 February.
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First to be appointed to the Australian Winter Olympic Team were Sami Kennedy-Sim, who makes history as the first Australian to compete at three Olympics in Ski-Cross, and Olympic debutant Abi Harrigan, who will compete in Freeski Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and in more history-making for Australia, will compete in the Big Air event which will debut in the Olympic programme in Beijing.
On Sunday the 23rd January 2022, in what was a major weekend of selections for NSWIS supported athletes, two alpine athletes, eight moguls team members, and ten snowboarders were announced to the Winter Team for Beijing.
Alpine skier Greta Small was named for her third Games to contest the Downhill, Super-G, and Alpine Combined events while Madison Hoffman was announced to make her debut, competing in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events.
Achieving the maximum possible quota of four men and four women in moguls, and 100% NSWIS representation, athletes Britt Cox, Jakara Anthony, Taylah O’Neill, Sophie Ash, Matt Graham, Brodie Summers, James Matheson, and Cooper Woods were selected.
Britt will contest her fourth Olympic Team as just the second moguls’ athlete to achieve this feat while Matt and Brodie will return for their third Games and James, Jakara and Taylah will compete at their second. Sophie and Cooper will make their Olympic debut. Matt has overcome shoulder surgery just weeks out from the Games to secure qualification and defend his Olympic Silver.
In another great result for the Institute, ten out of the 11 snowboard team members selected to compete in Beijing are NSWIS supported athletes.
Olympic Silver medallist Jarryd Hughes joins Belle Brockhoff and Cam Bolton to compete in Snowboard Cross at their third Games, Adam Lambert will join them in his second Olympic campaign while Josie Baff and Adam Dickson will make their debut.
Also on debut, will be 16-year-old Valentino Guseli taking to the Halfpipe event alongside Emily Arthur who will compete at her second Games.
Matt Cox will debut to contest the Slopestyle and Tess Coady will look to overcome the PyeongChang 2018 heartbreak where she endured an injury during training ahead of the Games.
In the final team selections, Brendan Kerry was announced to contest his third Games, and Kailani Craine to compete in her second.
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NSWIS CEO Professor. Kevin Thompson was thrilled with the final count of Institute representatives, congratulating, and remarking on the tenacity of each member of the team.
“We are incredibly proud to have such a strong representation of athletes at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games,” he said.
“The number of athletes who have achieved selection, as well as contributed to quota securement, is a testament to the Winter Sports program, its’ staff, supporting services, and the athletes.”
“After such difficult times navigating the pandemic and international travel restrictions, our athletes and team members have shown unwavering commitment and a great deal of resilience to secure Olympic selection.”
The NSWIS Winter Sports Program is delivered in partnership with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA) and Snow Australia (Olympic Sports) and aims to support Australian winter sports athletes achieve medal outcomes on the world’s biggest stage. Since its establishment, NSWIS has played a significant role in Australia’s Winter success, supporting Australian athletes to win nine medals at the Winter Games (three Winter Olympics and six Winter Paralympics).
“At NSWIS, we are centred around supporting our athletes to succeed on the world stage and we cannot wait to see 24 of our supported athletes perform to the best of their abilities in Beijing,” Prof. Thompson said.
Joining the athletes and Beijing bound are five NSW Institute of Sport coaches including Peter Topalovic, Leon Tarbotton, Stanley Wu, Peter McNiel and Kate Blamey. Kate is the first ever female Olympic Australian Team mogul coach.
“On behalf of the Institute, I congratulate all of the athletes and staff selected to the Australian Olympic Team and wish them the best of luck in their preparations for the Games.”
Among the 24 NSWIS athletes who will represent Australia, nine hail from regional NSW with strong representation across the Snowy Mountains and Manaro regions.
The 44 strong-team will compete across 10 disciplines, with 23 women and 21 men. Women make up 52.3% of the Team, topping the Sochi 2014 figure of 51.7% as the highest female representation in Australian Winter Olympic history. Making the 2022 Team Australia’s third largest Winter Olympic Team ever and a record percentage of women that will represent Australia at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.
NSWIS athletes selected to the Australian Winter Olympic Team:
- Brendan Kerry – figure skating
- Kailani Craine – figure skating
- Greta Small – apline skiing
- Madison Hoffman – alpine skiing
- Britt Cox – moguls
- Jakara Anthony – moguls
- Taylah O’Neill – moguls
- Sophie Ash – moguls
- Matt Graham – moguls
- Brodie Summers – moguls
- James Matheson – moguls
- Cooper Woods – moguls
- Jarryd Hughes – snowboard cross
- Belle Brockhoff – snowboard cross
- Cam Bolton – snowboard cross
- Adam Lambert – snowboard cross
- Josie Baff – snowboard cross
- Adam Dickson – snowboard cross
- Valentino Guseli – snowboard halfpipe
- Emily Arthur – snowboard halfpipe
- Matt Cox – snowboard slopestyle & big air
- Tess Coady – snowboard slopestyle & big air
- Sami Kennedy-Sim – ski cross
- Abi Harrigan – freeski (halfpipe, slopestyle & big air)
NSWIS coaches selected to the Australian Winter Olympic Team:
- Peter Topalovic – Manager/Coach, Freestyle Skiing
- Leon Tarbotton – Coach, Park & Pipe Free Ski
- Stanley Wu – Coach, Snowboard Park & Pipe
- Peter McNiel – Coach, Freestyle Moguls
- Kate Blamey – Coach, Moguls